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UNEP reaffirms support to "Green" Olympics in Beijing

Nairobi, 11 January 2007 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) reaffirmed today the environment as a major priority for Olympic Games.

Support to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Organizing Committee was among the main subjects discussed by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge and the head of UNEP, Achim Steiner when they met in Nairobi.

Mr. Rogge also welcomed UNEP’s offer to conduct an environmental audit of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He and Mr. Steiner also agreed that the IOC will liaise with BOCOG and UNEP on a coordinated campaign to promote the environmental aspects of the Beijing 2008 Games.

UNEP which has worked with the IOC since 1994 believes that sport and mass spectator events can act as an important vehicle for galvanizing global interest and action for sustainable development. This view is shared by the IOC and the two executive heads reaffirmed their interest in working together in ensuring that the environment is mainstreamed in the Olympic Games.

The two also reflected on how best to assist Vancouver to implement its environmental programme and welcomed upcoming discussions between UNEP and the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee on the environmental aspects of the 2010 Games

The environment is the third dimension of the Olympic Movement. It has become one of the main criteria for the evaluation and selection of cities to host the Olympic Games and is also a major priority for the preparation and staging of the Games.

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Further Resources

UNEP and the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
For more information about UNEP cooperation with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

Beijing 2008
Official site of the Beijing 2008 Olympic summer games

Vancouver 2010
Official site of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic winter games

Torino 2006
Official site of the Torino Winter Olympic Games

Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE)
“Mainstreaming the environment in major sports events”
Lausanne, Switzerland 30 November - 1 December 2006

Green Score Card for Winter Olympics
UNEP Press Release (November 2006)

TOROC (Torino Organizing Committee ) Sustainability Report 2006

London 2012’s One Planet Olympics Policy Approved
UNEP Press Release (July 2006)

UNEP and Beijing Sign Green Games Agreement
UNEP Press Release (November 2005)


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